Larisa Alexandrovna Horton, an investigative journalist formerly with Raw Story, discusses how the 28 pages of the Congressional Joint Inquiry into 9/11 terrorist attacks – finally released in redacted form to the public after 14 years of secrecy – make a convincing case that the hijackers had “babysitters” paid and instructed by top Saudi government officials.
Jeffrey Carr, a cyber intelligence expert and CEO of Taia Global, Inc., discusses his fact-checking of Josh Marshall’s TalkingPointsMemo article that claims a close alliance between Trump and Putin; and why the individuals blaming Russia for the DNC email hack are more motivated by politics than solid evidence.
Adam Johnson, a contributing writer for Alternet, discusses the US media’s constant vilification of Donald Trump in words and images; The Daily Beast’s accusations that Trump is like Richard Nixon, Joseph Goebbels, Stalin, Nero, and the Ayatollah; and Slate’s hit piece that implies Trump is Vladimir Putin’s puppet being used to destroy the West.
Daniel Lazare, author of The Frozen Republic: How the Constitution Is Paralyzing Democracy, discusses the beheading of a 12 year old boy by US-backed Syrian “moderate” rebels; the Obama administration’s PR spin to deflect blame and run out the clock until the story is forgotten; and the many questions regarding Saudi Arabia’s involvement in 9/11 that weren’t answered by the “28 pages.”
Air Force Lt. Col. Sterling Thomas, a lawyer representing Guantanamo prisoner Abdul Zahir, discusses his client’s pending release after 14 years in custody without a trial or being charged with a crime in a case of mistaken identity.
Christopher Preble, the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, discusses Donald Trump’s suggestion that the US shouldn’t necessarily defend NATO allies if they were attacked by Russia; how a US security guarantee encourages other NATO countries to act more recklessly and neglect their own military spending; and the outcry against Trump’s comment by Republicans, Democrats and European leaders.
Marc Hyden, a coordinator at Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, discusses the libertarian/conservative case for abolishing capital punishment; and the big difference between the death penalty in theory (killing the worst, absolutely guilty criminals) and in actual practice (a badly flawed government program that wastes millions and makes mistakes).
Eric Margolis, a journalist and author of American Raj, discusses the coup and counter-coup in Turkey; French President Hollande’s doubling down on foreign intervention following France’s “Bastille Day from hell;” and the finally-released 28 pages documenting Saudi Arabia’s direct links to the 9/11 hijackers.
Joe Lauria, a veteran foreign-affairs journalist, discusses the US tensions with Russia over Crimea and Syria; and why a Hillary Clinton presidential administration is likely to escalate the conflict even further to further the goals of Wall Street and PNAC.
Nasser Arrabyee, a Yemeni journalist based in Sanaa, discusses the humanitarian crisis in Yemen due to Saudi Arabia’s war crimes against civilians; and why the US allows the Saudis to kill indiscriminately in exchange for acceptance of the Iranian nuclear deal.
Trita Parsi, founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, discusses the MEK’s rally in Paris, as the one-time terrorist group pays for PR support from American politicians in an effort to get the US to invade Iran and install the MEK as the new government.
Jason Leopold, a journalist with Vice News, discusses Al Qaeda associate Abu Zubaydah’s account of his years of torture in the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program, which has finally been released to the public as Zubaydah awaits a court hearing on whether his continued detention is necessary.
Charlie Davis, founder of the non-profit charity SkatePAL, discusses his mission of building self-sustaining skateboarding parks in Palestine, and how the sport transcends barriers between class, race, age and gender.
Gareth Porter, an independent investigative journalist and winner of the 2012 Gellhorn Prize for journalism, discusses President Obama’s proposed cooperation with Russia in a combined air campaign against the Al Qaeda affiliated Nusra Front jihadist forces in Syria – and the strong opposition to such a plan within Obama’s own national security bureaucracy.
Barbara Slavin, the Acting Director of the Future of Iran Initiative at the Atlantic Council in Washington, discusses the Iran nuclear deal’s successful first year in effect, as Iran has faithfully fulfilled its obligations to scale back and eliminate parts of its nuclear program, and the US, EU and UN have lifted some sanctions, allowing Iran’s economy to strengthen – although with many limitation still in effect.